Fosston Fire & Rescue

Fosston Fire & Rescue Fosston Fire & Rescue is a volunteer Fire Department serving the people of Fosston & surrounding areas. We partner with local EMS, Police, as well as neighboring Fire Departments during both emergency and non-emergency situations.

Operating as usual

Fosston-Lengby Lions
11/02/2020

Fosston-Lengby Lions

The Fosston-Lengby Lions and the Fosston Star Committee would like to thank all the children and parents who stopped to pick up pumpkins last Sunday. We gave away right around 100 pumpkins at our event! Special thanks to the Fire Department for letting us us their parking lot as a drive by sight. Last night about 30 of those pumpkins returned on the rock wall at the Civic Center. So much time and creativity was spend on these amazing creations. We hope there was some good family bonding that happened in the process. It was too windy to light them as we hoped to do. Some pumpkins came with battery operated lights and that was awesome. We put everyone’s name in a drawing that brought pumpkins, as the age range was too large to judge them. Drum roll please.🥁 And the winners are:

Isla Johnson $20 in Fosston Bucks
Luke Wedin $15 in Fosston Bucks
Kyla Faldet $10 in Fosston Bucks

And the following six children won a free ice cream come coupon:

Lewis Johnson
Carrie Schmit
Brielle Duppong
Nash Rosendahl
Ethan Gray
Molly Landsverk

We thank everyone for all
Your hard work and creativity. 🎃 The lucky winners can pick up their prizes at the City Office.

It was difficult to get a good picture with the weather and the traffic. They all looked fabulous!! It was hard to save them all from the hungry hippo that came to try and eat them!! 😆 Abby Pearson Massage Allison Marquis Maija Duppong Bryan Landsverk Lisa Rosendahl

Farmers to Families on Monday!Open to Everyone!  See Event for Details. 🍎🥔🧀👨🏻‍🌾
10/16/2020

Farmers to Families on Monday!
Open to Everyone!
See Event for Details. 🍎🥔🧀👨🏻‍🌾

Open to all! First Come, First Serve.  We will be able to serve a minimum of 200, and possibly more!By picking up a box ...
10/15/2020

Open to all!
First Come, First Serve.
We will be able to serve a minimum of 200, and possibly more!

By picking up a box you're helping ensure the food is put to good use and supporting the ag and food supply chains.

See Event Page for additional details.

ERSKINE FIRE DEPT.
10/11/2020

ERSKINE FIRE DEPT.

ThirteenTowns Fosston
10/09/2020

ThirteenTowns Fosston

The Magelssen Elementary kindergartners got a fun field trip today when they went to the softball complex to get a lesson on fire safety. Fosston Fire Department members Stacy N Brian showed the kids how their equipment works and reviewed what to do in case of a fire.

You should never put water on a grease fire. You probably already know that. What’s the ONE THING you should do instead?...
10/08/2020

You should never put water on a grease fire. You probably already know that.

What’s the ONE THING you should do instead? Put a lid on it.

More tips:
https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/sfm/Pages/default.aspx

Re-posted from the #MinnesotStateFireMarshal

#FireSafety #PutALidOnIt

Open to all! First Come, First Serve.By picking up a box you're helping ensure the food is put to good use and supportin...
09/30/2020

Open to all!
First Come, First Serve.

By picking up a box you're helping ensure the food is put to good use and supporting the ag and food supply chains.

See Event Page for additional details.

09/11/2020
Minnesota State Fire Marshal
08/12/2020

Minnesota State Fire Marshal

The smoke alarm sounds at your home. As soon as it does, it’s too late to start making a safe escape plan.

Take time to create and practice a safe escape plan with everyone in your family. Here’s how: https://go.usa.gov/xVHMf.

Fosston Fire & Rescue's cover photo
08/11/2020

Fosston Fire & Rescue's cover photo

Polk County Sheriff's Office/Emergency Management
07/20/2020

Polk County Sheriff's Office/Emergency Management

Sheriff Jim Tadman and The Polk County Sheriff's Office would like to remind you to be safe this summer. Our partners at the Minnesota DNR have given us a few things to remember when you are enjoying our lakes and rivers:

When you are on the water, the single best thing you can do to avoid drowning is to wear your life jacket. It's just like wearing a seat belt while driving-when worn properly, it may save your life.

Minnesota law requires one U.S. Coast Guard approved, properly sized, and easily accessible life jacket for each person on the boat.

All children under ten are required to wear an approved life jacket at all times while in a boat.

While not required by law, we recommend that everyone wear a life jacket when on the water.

How to select and fit a life jacket:

A properly fit life jacket will be snug, but not uncomfortable-it should allow for free motion.
•When selecting a life jacket, make sure to wear your paddling clothes while trying it on.
•To fit the life jacket, tighten all straps and buckles.
•Have another person pull up on the shoulders of the life jacket. If the shoulders move up past your nose, try tightening the straps more. If it still moves, the life jacket may be too large.
•Test out your life jacket in a pool or shallow water. It should not ride up on your body or slip while in use.

*** Please remember that Structure/Raft owners are required to have permits. Contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office if you have any questions.
#welovepolkcounty #deputiesweartheirveststoo #stopbyandsayhellowhenweareonthewater #welovesummeranddonuts #wearyoursunscreen #thanksDNR

05/08/2020

Please see the letter below from Chief Eric Murphy, and all of us at Fosston Fire & Rescue.

Fosston Fire and Rescue is urging Minnesotans to remember fire safety as they deal with the “new normal.” As people find themselves spending extended time at home -- for work, to self-isolate, or while practicing physical distancing -- please remember the importance of preventing home fires.

Along with other essential services, the fire department has had to implement response safeguards and physical distancing protocols. Residents of Fosston are advised of the following changes to fire department services during this time:

• The fire station is still closed to the public.

• We are still responding to calls as usual with social distancing as much as possible.

Fire Chief Eric Murphy is also urging the public to practice fire prevention and fire safety during these extraordinary times. “Regardless of the circumstances, additional time at home with family members provides an excellent opportunity to discuss fire safety and review your home fire escape plan,” said Eric Murphy.

Here are some simple things people can do to protect themselves and their families:

• If you smoke, smoke outside. Use a deep ashtray filled with sand or water. Make sure cigarettes are extinguished completely, every time.

• Keep an eye on what you fry. While staying home will likely involve more cooking, remember to pay attention to what’s on the stove. If you need to leave the kitchen, turn the burners off. Keep pets and young children at least three feet away from the hot surfaces.

• Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms using the test button. If the alarm fails to sound, replace batteries or, if you have lithium-ion 10-year battery-powered alarms, replace the device. Replace all smoke alarms, even hard-wired alarms, every 10 years.

• Practice your home fire-escape plan to make sure everyone in the household knows what to do if a fire occurs. Designate someone to help older adults, children, and anyone else who may need help to escape.

• Use care when recharging electronic devices such as laptops, tablets, or mobile devices. Check electrical cords and charge cables to ensure they are in good condition. Don’t overload electrical circuits. Place electronics on hard surfaces when recharging to avoid the risk of overheating.

As Fosston Fire & Rescue continues to do its best to protect the community, it is imperative that members of the public do all they can to protect themselves and their families from the risk of fire and carbon-monoxide poisoning.

Thank you,
Fosston Fire Fighters

What a Saturday!  As part of the Statewide Mask Drive held by MN Fire Departments, we had a great day of donations.  Tha...
04/27/2020

What a Saturday! As part of the Statewide Mask Drive held by MN Fire Departments, we had a great day of donations. Thank you to all of the area community members who are working hard to help keep people safe.

In four hours, 104 cloth masks were donated.
We split the donations between Cornerstone Residence of Fosston and Essentia Health Living Center here in Fosston.

Accepting the Donated masks were Todd Swanson for Cornerstone and Brenden, a CNA with Essentia Health.

#Community #StatewideMaskDrive #ThankYou

**Message from Sarah Reese, Polk County Public HealthGood morning:Polk County Public Health and area healthcare faciliti...
03/20/2020
Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota - Minnesota Dept. of Health

**Message from Sarah Reese, Polk County Public Health

Good morning:

Polk County Public Health and area healthcare facilities are aligned for the well-being of our residents and communities. At this time of fast paced change and uncertainty, we are active in coordination of communication, preparedness, and response activities for COVID-19.

Polk County Public Health is concerned about what we are hearing from people questioning the necessity of recommendations around social distancing in the workplace and community setting, isolation, work-from-home, event cancellations, school closures, and other measures taken to mitigate the threat we are facing from COVID-19. Some see these steps as overreactions and view their personal risk of contracting the virus as minimal.

To provide some clarity around this topic, we are urging every business and individual in our communities to take action now in the short window of opportunity we have to collectively #FlattenTheCurve

Workplace partners please review and implement MDH’s guidance for:

Employees who are sick and their household/intimate contacts

If you have symptoms of respiratory disease (these include fever, coughing, muscle aches, sore throat, and headache), you should:
- Stay home for at least seven days
- Three days with no fever, (Fever should be gone for three days without using fever-reducing medicine.)
- Improvement of respiratory symptoms—whichever is longer.

For example, if you have a fever and coughing for four days, you need to stay home three more days with no fever for a total of seven days. Or, if you have a fever and cough for five days, you need to stay home three more days with no fever for a total of eight days.

- If you have symptoms and can manage those symptoms at home, you do not have to seek health care or be tested for COVID-19. Just stay home while you are sick. If you are older or have underlying medical conditions, it may be helpful to let your health are provider know you are sick. They may have some specific advice for you. Some people with COVID-19 have worsened during the second week of illness. If your symptoms worsen at any point, and you do need to see a doctor, call ahead before going to any healthcare facility.

- Patients with symptoms who are not able to be tested should isolate themselves from household and intimate contacts as much as possible. Household and intimate contacts of these individuals should limit their activities in public for 14 days after incorporating precautions in the home, and monitor symptoms. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure.

- If you were told by public health staff that you were exposed to COVID-19 and feel healthy, stay home for 14 days. Again, testing is only being done for hospitalized patients, health care workers, and those in congregate living settings at this time.

- If you do have the symptoms listed above, please call before going to any health care facility.

#WorkplaceMitigationStrategies

Ensure you are implementing workplace mitigation strategies, such as social distancing, to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Detailed guidance for workplaces can be found here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/action.html#work

#UnderstandingTheWhy?

The primary goal of social distancing is not only about reducing your chance of being infected with the coronavirus. Making deliberate choices to stay away from each other is designed to slow the spread over a longer period of time so that too many people do not get ill all at once such that our ability to provide care to critically ill patients cannot meet the demand. The decisions we make as individuals in the near term (the coming days) have the potential to make a huge impact on the trajectory of COVID-19 nationally and here in our communities. We are very concerned about conserving resources, both human and material, should social distancing efforts fail to slow the spread enough. Our health systems will not be able to cope with the projected numbers of people who will need acute care if we collectively as individuals in our communities do not do our part to socially distance from each other starting now. The primary strategies that can get us off this concerning trajectory are those that enable us to work together as a community to maintain public health by staying apart.

It Truly #TakesAVillage

We recognize that social distancing (staying 6 ft apart) at work and in the community, cancelling and postponing meetings and events, staying home and missing the opportunity for socialization and recreation are inconvenient, annoying and disappointing. At this critical moment in time, its important to listen and heed the unified advise of disease experts and public health to change how we go about our day to day life temporarily to alter the course and help slow down and reduce the virus’ capacity to spread.

If you have any questions, please call Polk County Public Health at 218-281-3385.

Thank you,

Sarah Reese, Director

Polk County Public Health

To protect the public's health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, events as described below should be postponed or canceled across the state of Minnesota. MDH will continue to evaluate the situation and may recommend opening earlier or staying cancelled for longer. These events include t...

Does your family have a plan? What will you do if there is a fire? 🔥A fire can go from small, to major in less than 30 s...
03/05/2020
Home Fires | Ready.gov

Does your family have a plan?
What will you do if there is a fire? 🔥

A fire can go from small, to major in less than 30 seconds! Make a plan. Talk about your plan.

Learn more @ https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.

"Your local fire department needs your help. Firefighter numbers are dwindling and fewer people are stepping up. Learn a...
02/17/2020
Blog - Your local fire department needs your help

"Your local fire department needs your help. Firefighter numbers are dwindling and fewer people are stepping up. Learn about the problem – and how you can be part of the solution – in our latest blog." - MN Dept of Public Safety

We’re lucky to have a robust, professional fire service here in Minnesota. It means that when there’s a fire, we can take for granted that our local fire department will show up and do its best to prevent loss of life and property. But the number of firefighters is dwindling. Firefighters are re...

We take alot of pride in serving our communities.  And receiving messages like this, although not expected, is so apprec...
02/07/2020

We take alot of pride in serving our communities. And receiving messages like this, although not expected, is so appreciated.

This message was sent to us by a community member shortly after responding to a car accident in Fosston today.

#BemidjiProud
01/25/2020

#BemidjiProud

Recently emergency services responded to a home for an individual who was injuried removing snow from his home's roof. The patient was transported to the hospital by ambulance. It was noticed that the patient's spouse was unable to exit the garage. Bemidji Police Department and Bemidji Fire quickly removed the snow from her driveway so she could go to the hospital. Team work at its finest as we work to serve our community.

Have a need for a Utility Trailer?We have one for sale! Accepting sealed bids until the end of this month (Jan. 31st, 20...
01/17/2020

Have a need for a Utility Trailer?
We have one for sale!

Accepting sealed bids until the end of this month (Jan. 31st, 2020).

2008 BigTex Utility Trailer
- Two 3,500lb. axles
- 15" tires
- Electric brakes
- 2 & 5/16" ball hitch
- Full flip down, 7'x4' ramp gate
- 7' W x 20' L Cargo Deck Area

Bids can be dropped off at Fosston Auto Value with Stacy or Seth, or at the Fosston City Office.

Trailer is located here at the Fosston Fire Hall, if you would like to see it, send us a message to arrainge a time. We reserve the right to refuse any or all bids.

Fosston School District
01/13/2020

Fosston School District

THIS WEEK! Informational seminars presented at Fosston High School, sponsored by the National Association of Mental Illness on January 13-16, 2020 Open to Everyone! Click on individual photos to see details of each's day's events.

01/06/2020
Have you tested yours lately?
01/06/2020

Have you tested yours lately?

New decade. New year. New month.

Take time today to test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. They save lives — but only if they work!

A huge thank you to the local county, state, and city crews that have been working hard to plow roads!  They are a criti...
12/31/2019

A huge thank you to the local county, state, and city crews that have been working hard to plow roads! They are a critical part of our ability to respond to emergencies!

A good reminder from the Erskine Fire Dept.
12/30/2019

A good reminder from the Erskine Fire Dept.

As the snow starts to drift against your house, homeowners with high-efficiency furnaces should make sure their fresh air intake and exhaust pipes are free of snow. They're usually white plastic pipes that come out of the side of a home. A blocked intake pipe or exhaust vent could result in carbon monoxide poisoning. The same is true for dryer vents. Check vents frequently during periods of heavy or blowing snow.

Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the “invisible killer” because it’s a colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas. More than 150 people in the U.S. die every year from accidental CO poisoning from generators or fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces. Breathing CO at high levels can kill you.

Make sure you have carbon monoxide alarms inside your home to provide an early warning of increasing CO levels. These alarms should be placed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home. If the alarm goes off, or you think you may have CO in your home, call 911.

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300 S Johnson Ave
Fosston, MN
56542

Telephone

+12184351888

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Fosston Fire & Rescue is a volunteer Fire Department serving the people of Fosston & surrounding areas. We partner with local EMS, Police, as well as neighboring Fire Depts during both emergency and non-emergency situations.

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Auto extrication training for this month.
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